Last weekend, the UN met in New York City to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnerships were a key issue on the agenda. While effective collaboration can present a myriad of challenges, it is essential to achieving results. We spoke with AidEx exhibitor SkyLIFE, an organisation which develops aerial humanitarian relief delivery systems, about how the SDGs will impact their work and collaboration with NGOs.
A key element for the SDGs is the importance of impact and impact measurement. Tell us about how you’ve collaborated with an NGO to tackle this issue.
By listening to our customers, who are primarily NGOs on the front lines of disaster relief efforts, we have been able to design more effective and efficient tools.
For example, NGOs struggle to distribute information to local communities over large distances. Relief packs often include leaflets containing important information about what to do in emergency situations. However, in areas with high levels of illiteracy this is rather ineffective. To tackle the issue, we developed the LiveLeaf Audio Cardwhich can play back 90 seconds of audio recordings in any language or receive FM radio broadcasts. The messages can tell people where to go and what (or what NOT) to do in cases of emergency, or can simply explain how to use items included in the relief packs.
We also learned that the NGOs had trouble gathering reliable information about whether or not their deliveries had been collected as intended. We integrated this feedback into the design of our audio cards so that, as well as distributing information, the cards can also be programmed to record the date, time and location that the packs were delivered and even picked up.